Production rate calculators make it easy, consistent, and trainable for estimators to calculate how much time it should take crews to perform different types of work. Watch this video to see how its done!
In this video, you will learn:
- How to add a production rate calculator
- How to calculate man hours for a specific task
- How to measure a site and translate an area measurement (e.g. acres or square feet) into man hours for estimating
- How to create 1 calculator that handle different production rates for different pieces of equipment (e.g. mowing with a 48" deck vs. mowing with a 36" deck)
- How to copy production rates to setup calculators that can estimate easy, average, and difficult jobsites
Creating a Production Rate Calculator
Production Rate calculators are used for calculating Labor times for your landscape estimates. Unlike Work Area Templates, they are used only for labor. Simply put, they are a way for you to translate tasks and measurements (e.g. sq. ft, lin ft., yards) into labor time(s).
Before you use your landscape production rate calculators in your estimate, you have to create them first. Follow these steps to create your first production rate calculator:
- On LMN's left menu, click the Item Catalog menu
- Click the Prod Rates submenu
Here, you'll find your list of production rate calculators. If you haven't created one yet, this list will be blank.
- Click the New button on the top right of the list to create a new production rate calculator
- The new production rate calculator screen opens. Start by giving your production rate calculator a name.
Next, you want to add Tasks to your production rate calculator. Click the white +New button to add a task to your production rate calculator.
A task is an activity that you're going to perform that has a measurement and an installation rate. Below, we've put together an example of mowing calculator. It has a few different tasks:
- A production rate (acres/man hr) for mowing with a 60" deck
- A production rate (acres/man hr) for mowing with a 48" deck
- A production rate (acres/man hr) for mowing with a 36" deck
- A production rate (lin. ft/man hr) for trimming
- A production rate (acres/man hr) for blowing
Best Practice Tip: you don't have to use every task when you're estimating. To make less production rate calculators, you can put different rates in one single calculator. For instance, when doing an estimate for mowing, we might only use the 60" deck. In that case, leave the other mowing tasks at 0. This saves you from creating a production rate calculator for each type of mower. Your list of rate calculators will be much simpler and easy-to-use.
Just before you are finished, use the Order column to put your tasks in a logical order. That will help estimators work through the time(s) in the order they think about them.
When you're finished, click OK to save. Your production rate calculator is now ready to use on an estimate.